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Safe Routes to School
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Community Center
3rd Floor

Contact
Safe Routes To School
Phone Fax Email
Address

Safe Routes to School
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Hours & Location

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Community Center
3rd Floor

The Takoma Safe Routes to School program encourages students to walk and bike to school regularly and safely. The program serves students and families at Takoma Park, Piney Branch, Rolling Terrace, and East Silver Spring Elementary Schools, and Takoma Park Middle School. A Safe Routes to School grant from the State of Maryland funds the program.

To learn more about any of the following programs, contact the Safe Routes to School Coordinator at 301-891-7119.

TKPK5K Challenge

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Safe Routes to School Takoma Park 5K Challenge promotes pedestrian safety by challenging the students, parents and staff at participating schools, and area residents to train and compete in the annual event held the first Sunday in May. Events include a 5K run or walk, a one-mile fun run and a quarter mile youth race. Proceeds from the 5K Challenge fund pedestrian safety and health initiatives through the local Parent Teacher Associations.

Challenge yourself at the upcoming TKPK5K. Registration is open, click here for more information and to sign up.

Bike to School Day

Modeled after the successful Walk to School Day, students celebrate Bike to School Day by riding to school with their peers, teachers and guests on the first Wednesday in May. Each year students and parents ride to school together and learn about proper helmet fitting and basic bike safety.

This year, Bike To School Day is on Wednesday, May 4.  Piney Branch ES and Takoma Park MS will participate. Safe Routes to School will be handing out bike lights and bike bells to students who participate. Check with your school for details.

On Bike to School Day and everyday, here are the top 5 tips to stay safe on your bike:

  1. Always wear a helmet when you ride a bike, scooter or skateboard.
  2. Do the ABC Spin Check every time you ride.
  3. Follow the rules of the road.
  4. Don't wear ear phones or talk on the phone while riding.
  5. Be Seen to Be Safe.

iCan Shine Bike Camp for Individuals with Disabilities

Check out a video from 2015's camp here.

Takoma Park Safe Routes to School is pleased to host the iCan Bike Camp, June 26 - June 30, 2017 at Takoma Academy, 8120 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park. The camp is designed to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become  lifelong independent riders! Maryland residents between 8 and 14 years of age can attend the camp for free.

Sixty volunteers are needed to assist the riders and provide encouragement and motivation. Volunteers must be over 16 and agree to come to the same session every day of camp. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for a briefing, so the total commitment is 90 minutes a day. Volunteering at the camp is Montgomery County SSL approved.

Session times:

Session 1:  8:30 – 9:45
Session 2:  10:05 – 11:20
Session 3:  11:40 – 12:55
Session 4:  2:00 – 3:15
Session 5:  3:35 – 4:50

Visit  iCan Shine  for additional information.

Register a CAMPER or sign up to VOLUNTEER.

Crossing Guard Appreciation

Safe Routes to School joins forces with the School PTA to offer families an opportunity to show their appreciation to the Takoma Park Crossing Guards.  Students bear simple gifts such as flowers, candy and cards that express their gratitude for another year of excellent service. On the first Tuesday in June,  we make it official on a special day devoted to saying thank you, this year on Tuesday, June 6.

Skateboarding Safety

The increased popularity of skateboarding as a means of transportation to school has prompted Takoma Park Middle School and Safe Routes to School to team up to offer workshops with demos modeling skating skills and practices for optimal safety.

Walk to School Day

Walk to School Day is held on the first Wednesday in October. Over 5,000 schools from 50 states participate, including five area schools. Walkers from the U.S. join students in 40 countries around the world.

Safe Routes to School invites city students, their families and school staff to participate in Walk to School Day.  All SRTS schools in Takoma Park have made Walk to School Day a yearly event on the school calendar.

Check with your school’s administration or PTA for specific details about your Walk to School Day event.

Parent Survey Online!

The parent survey is required twice a year, spring and fall. The survey data will assist the City with future grant proposals, refining programming and tracking progress.  Check back for the Spring 2017 survey.

Your feedback informs future Safe Routes programming. Check out this cool 2008- 2015 survey data INFO-GRAPHIC!

Bike Safety Rodeos

Safe Routes to School has collaborated with area schools to offer bike safety rodeos free of charge to local students. With a combination of classroom learning and hands-on bicycle training, this program teaches best safety practices for biking to school and around town.

Crosswalk Simulation Activity

To reinforce safe pedestrian practices, Takoma Park Safe Routes to School developed a Crosswalk Simulation Activity for elementary school-aged kids. The Crosswalk Simulation Activity includes a mock crosswalk, traffic signs and signals, including a working mini traffic light and other interactive props to engage the students. The workshop, offered in schools and in the community, emphasizes all the basics of pedestrian safety including tips for students to share with parents.

Safe Routes to School Newsletter

To read more about the City’s Safe Routes to School program, check out our annual newsletter!

Map Your Walk

Safe Routes helps parents determine the best route with walking maps for each school. The maps indicate which roads have sidewalks, crosswalks, crossing guards and stoplights and more. Click on the map for your school below.

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East Silver Spring ES Parent Survey
Rolling Terrace ES Parent Survey
Rolling Terrace ES Parent Survey
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Takoma Park MS Parent Survey
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Takoma Park ES Parent Survey

 

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Piney Branch ES Parent Survey
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A child learns to bike independently during the 2015 iCan Shine bike camp, sponsored by Safe Routes to School.
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Participants in the Safe Routes to School 5K take their first steps from the starting line.

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